Welcome to the new series Living With Purpose in Every Season! If you missed last week’s post you can find it in the link below.
Living With Purpose – Week 2: Sweet Seasons of Blessing
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 (ESV)
Have you ever had a season in your life when things actually worked out right?
Maybe it was a dream vacation, a romantic proposal, or perhaps it was the birth of a child after years of prayers.
Maybe you received a check in the mail at the perfect time or watched God provide in the most precious way.
Maybe it was the time someone paid for your meal, or brought over a bag of hand-me-down clothes that were the perfect fit.
Maybe for you it was the way God changed your life from wreckage and baggage, to freedom and grace.
Think back on your life and remember.
What has God done for you?
When we forget what God can do, and does for each of us, we often stop living with purpose. We get wrapped up in what we need from God and forget how to live for God. We spend our time waiting for the next big break and we stop praising God for what He has already done for us.
As we continue Living With Purpose in Every Season, here is a simple challenge this week:
1. Recall what God has done.
Think back to when you first believed in Jesus. Now recall the times He answered your prayer or comforted your heart.
2. Rejoice in the blessing.
Praise God again! and again! and again! Every time you recall a blessing tell God thank you again. It’s amazing how it changes our perspective when we focus on praising God.
3. Record it in a journal.
Write down what God has done in your life so you don’t forget it! When you have a record of the blessings, it gives you a place to return to when you begin to feel discouraged.
4. Remember the way it felt.
By writing it in a journal you are able to grasp the feeling of knowing God gives good gifts to His children. When we feel unloved, forgotten, or lonely, it’s easy to get down and depressed. But when we read about the way God lifted us up in times past, we are lifted up in the present time.
5. Report it to others.
When we tell others about God’s blessings we are offering hope to a hurting world. Don’t keep blessings to yourself. Give God glory and give others the hope of the gospel by letting them know when God answers prayer, comforts your heart, or lifts your heavy load.
As we walk through this year and learn to live with purpose in every season, let’s remember all God has done.
Today, I want to praise God for the way He carried me through 2016. When cancer hit our family twice, once from each side, I struggled to see the good in it all. I mean what could possibly be good about cancer? Right?
But God did something for me during that season. He showed me that every bad thing that happens in my life, pulls me closer to Him. It forces me to live a grounded life, anchored firmly in His power and strength.
When my strength is gone and hard seasons come, I’m learning to remember my past blessings. When I praise God again for blessings from the past, I’m compelled to praise Him in the present.
What will you praise God for today? What has God done for you in the past? What is God doing for you today?
Living with purpose in the present is remembering what God has done in the past.
Love & Blessings,
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